Health & Medical

Why Your Staff Should Receive First Aid Training

Written by Nancy

Accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. This includes the workplace—be it a construction site or corporate office. According to the International Labour Organization, 2.3 million people die due to work-related accidents or diseases every year, worldwide.

Having employees who know what to do and who can react swiftly if an accident or medical emergency occurs can reduce the severity of the injury or health scare. In some cases, quickly administered first aid can even prevent death.

Here’s why your employees should receive First Aid Training.

Quicker Emergency Response Time

An integral part of an effective first aid response is the ability to react quickly. Employees who receive first aid training will have know beforehand what to do in the event of a medical emergency. They will have the necessary preparation and increased confidence required to handle such a situation. Faster response time can also reduce medical recovery time.

Safer Workplace

First aid training and education fosters a safety conscious environment in the workplace. Careful employees minimize risk and pre-empt accidents, leading to a reduced number of injuries and medical emergencies.


Strengthens Staff Relationship

First aid training is a valuable team building exercise. Employees will all be involved together, learning a new skill that literally helps them look out for each other. The exercise will boost morale and teamwork and foster a healthy working environment.

More Productivity

The effect of minimized safety risks, careful workplace practice, and a secure environment is more productivity.

Employees will be happier and more secure knowing that if something untoward were to happen, each and every one of them will have the necessary know-how to handle it calmly and effectively. The workplace will be more professional and there will be a decrease in absenteeism.


Many employers feel that the costs of enrolling their employees in a first aid education program are high.

Compared to footing the medical bills of employees injured due to a negligent and unsafe work environment, however, they are significantly lower.

Moreover, the legal issues and costs of not having medically trained staff on board are exceedingly high. It is simply more economical for businesses to have their entire staff trained in first aid and CPR than to either ignore the issue or just have one or two trained staff members.

If you are a business owner and need to have your employees trained in first aid and CPR, check out Metro Safety Training.

They are a professional First Aid Training provider in Vancouver, Richmond, and Burnaby. They’ve been serving the community in Coquitlam, BC for over 10 years. They specialize in workplace safety courses over a range of different business types.

Get in touch with them now. Call 604-521-4227.

About the author


I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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